The mission of Leave No Trace, a national non-profit organization is to promote
and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace hopes to build
awareness, appreciation and respect for our wildlands, with a specific focus on human-powered (non-motorized) recreation.
Keep the Wild in Wildlife and Wilderness
Utah's landscape is unique and is thus being
loved to death. Do your part to help keep it
beautiful for those who come after you.
Not a political group, they simply want to educate people on how and why to minimize their impacts while enjoying
public lands. The message is tailored for multiple uses (hikers, bikers, river-runners, rock climbers, etc) and ecosystems (
deserts, mountains, waterways, etc.).
Their website is rich in information on getting involved through volunteerism
and classes. They have an impressive list of partners including all the big-name companies and groups involved in outdoor
It doesn't really take a lot of effort to Leave No Trace when you are in the outdoors, mostly common sense
practices apply. A few basic steps to follow are posted on their website:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
If we all followed these principles, the environment would be cleaner, and wilderness would not disappear,
and being out there would be a more pleasant experience.